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Seven’s su­per rat­ings

MORE than half a mil­lion peo­ple watched Seven’s TV broad­cast of the first round of the V8 Su­per­car Se­ries in Abu Dhabi. V8 Supercars Aus­tralia says the rat­ings were up 32 to 37 per cent. A com­bined av­er­age of 557,000 Aus­tralians watched the Satur­day race, while 663,000 watched the Sun­day race.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing in­ter­est

NEW man­u­fac­tur­ers could be at­tracted to the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship. This fol­lows au­to­mo­tive com­po­nents maker Bosch sign­ing on as the first nam­ing rights spon­sor since 2007, rule changes that re­duce re­stric­tions and greater TV cov­er­age. ‘‘Honda and Hyundai are al­ready in­volved, while other man­u­fac­tur­ers are talk­ing to us about their in­volve­ment,’’ ASC boss Scott Ped­der says.

Crocker gets on side

FOUR-time Asia-Pa­cific Rally cham­pion and three-time Aus­tralian Rally cham­pion Cody Crocker will com­pete in sev­eral rounds of the Aus­tralian SXS Rac­ing se­ries. He will pilot a Po­laris side-by-side buggy in the first round in April at Pi­na­roo in South Aus­tralia.

Pri­va­teer proves his pace

CHAD Reed has won his first race as a pri­va­teer with Two Two Mo­tor­sports. The mul­ti­ple World Su­per­cross Cham­pion dom­i­nated the sev­enth round of the Amer­i­can and world Su­per­cross se­ries in San Diego. Reed moves up from fifth to third in the stand­ings with 10 rounds to go.

Rapis­arda v Amer­i­cans

SYD­NEY Top Fuel drag-race team, Rapis­arda Rac­ing, will again take on the Amer­i­cans on home soil this year. Terry Sainty will re­place Mark Mar­i­ana as the team’s driver in the Na­tional Hot Rod As­so­ci­a­tion Full Throt­tle Drag Rac­ing Se­ries.

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